marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
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introducing monsters

They don't get along, of course, being monsters.  The heroine might even escape, once, by darting between them and having them notice each other.

Still, they have to get along on a far more fundamental level:  They have to convince the reader that they all fit the setting.  The omnium gatherium of D&D with both dragons and dinosaurs produces real difficulties.  (I once read a D&D tie-in that convinced me that the author had used the tables in the first edition to roll up his monsters, they were that ill-suited.)

Ripping them off Selecting them from a common mythos does help, but isn't always suited.  Particularly if you don't want to suggest the culture that you steal take them from as the real-world counterpart of your setting.

Avoiding the full fledged monsters -- the dragons, the manticores, the gryphons, etc. -- may make it easier.  Using real animals, or even humans, as the basis and adding monstrous traits can do quite well.  A wild boar the size of a peasant's cottage could make a quite good monster on its own.
Tags: setting (whole story), world-building: creatures
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